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For me, it all begins with Django Reinhardt, arguably the first and greatest jazz guitarist of all. He played Selmer guitars which, with their loud clear voice, gave Django the perfect instrument for his many compositions, performances and recordings. Django was the most popular jazz musican in Europe for over ten years and his style gave birth to a genre known now as Gypsy Jazz. His popularity gave rise to the popularity of the Henri Selmer guitar and the many versions by other French builders. In the 40s and 50s, Italian luthiers imigrated to Paris to build variations on the Selmer theme. Busato, Dimauro, Castelluccia, Favino among others. Each had their own take on the famous Selmer guitar. Collectively, these are know as gypsy or Manouche  guitars.

I build handmade gypsy guitars, one at a time, in Drayden, Maryland. I’ve had the good fortune to study many vintage guitars from the 40s and 50s as well as modern guitars in style.  From these I have forged my own models, each with distinctive characteristics.

I strive  for tonal qualities and volume that distinguish these guitars and which modern players seek and enjoy.  Responsiveness and clarity are primary goals.   I try to build the most playable, durable and aesthetically pleasing instrument, continually trying to improve.

Each guitar is unique, no two are exactly the same.   Have a look at my posts and pages to see pictures of my past builds, recordings, videos and guitars in the works.  I build both custom orders and on spec.   I usually have a few CB guitars for sale on my For Sale page.

The best way to contact me initially is by email: craig.bumgarner@gmail.com or FB Messenger.   Phone calls or shop visits can follow.

6 Comments

  1. Hello Craig, Good for you on selling all of those beauties. Please contact me at your convenience re: a new guitar.Looking forward to discussing it! Best, Steve

  2. Hello again Craig, My wife calls “our ” guitar my ” new best friend” during this mandatory incarceration. Maybe it is my imagination, but tone seems to get darker and richer over time.

    • Isn’t it the best way to pass the time in these crazy days? I’m doing the same thing with my beautiful redwood Derecho!

        • Steve Wiessler
        • Posted May 29, 2020 at 11:08 pm
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        Yes it is Carl!

    • 👍


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